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Luongo relinquishes team captaincy

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has relinquished the team captaincy on Monday after two years in the role.

Luongo was expected to discuss his decision with Canucks general manager Mike Gillis after arriving in Vancouver from his Florida summer home.

The team said it will announce its new leadership before the season starts.

In 2008, Luongo became the first NHL goaltender in 60 years to be selected captain, but league rules prohibited him from wearing the "C" on his jersey or acting as captain on the ice by talking to referees during games.

Instead Luongo painted a "C" on the chin of his mask, and the Canucks designated three alternate captains - instead of the usual setup of two alternates and a captain - to take ceremonial faceoffs before game and talk to officials during them.

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